The concessions come amid a growing outcry among critics who believe a class-action settlement with U.S. authors and publishers will give Google too much insight about the books that people are reading online.
In letters and statements released Thursday, the FTC emphasized it will closely monitor how Google protects the privacy of readers accessing its digital library.
The settlement giving Google the digital rights to millions of out-of-print books protected by copyright is the subject of intense debate. A court deadline to protest or support the agreement has been extended from Friday to 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday.
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